For some reason, we humans have an intense desire to touch animals. Lucky for you, we found a handy, graphical guide to the safest ways to pet, poke, and prod them.

Handy Charts Show How To Pet Your Animal Friends Safely

Here's the thing. If the animal isn't a domesticate - a horse, a cat, a dog - just don't touch it, okay? Take this wolverine:

Handy Charts Show How To Pet Your Animal Friends Safely

It's not just that you might get bit. It's that touching wild animals, even in ostensibly friendly ways like petting and tickling, can really stressful for them. It's like your kindergarten teacher told you: look with your eyes only.

Handy Charts Show How To Pet Your Animal Friends Safely

Mythical creatures? You hereby have my permission to harass them all you want.

Handy Charts Show How To Pet Your Animal Friends Safely

See the rest of Adam Ellis's infographic guides for the safe touching of animals.

[Buzzfeed via Neatorama]